Most anyone who lives in Bexar County has had the experience of being in a regular passenger vehicle and feeling immediately dwarfed and vulnerable when a tractor-trailer pulls up on the side of the vehicle they are in. The size of these big rigs is impressive yet it also highlights the risk that people in other vehicles are exposed to. Any accident in which a commercial truck entangles with a car, pickup truck or sport utility vehicle puts the passengers in the smaller vehicles at a serious disadvantage.
According to records from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Texas experienced a jump in the number of vehicular fatalities associated with large truck accidents between 2016 and 2017. Between 2013 and 2016, these deaths represented 15% to 16% of the total deaths in all automobile accidents statewide. That changed in 2017 when truck accident deaths accounted for 17.4% of all fatalities. In 2016, 558 people died in these crashes but in 2017, 649 people were killed.
In Bexar County, a total of 79 people lost their lives in large truck accidents between 2013 and 2017. That is significantly more deaths than in any of the neighboring counties. The counties with the closest number of lives lost were Guadalupe and Comal Counties. In both of these areas, 15 people each were killed over those five years.
If you would like to learn more about how you can get the help and compensation you deserve after you or a family member has been involved in an accident involving a semi-truck or other vehicle, please feel free to visit the commercial vehicle crash assistance page of our Texas personal injury website.